[trans-fur-uh ns, trans-fer-uh ns]


the act or process of transferring.
the fact of being transferred.
  1. the shift of emotions, especially those experienced in childhood, from one person or object to another, especially the transfer of feelings about a parent to an analyst.
  2. displacement(def 7).

Origin of transference

From the New Latin word trānsferentia, dating back to 1675–85. See transfer, -ence
Related formsnon·trans·fer·ence, nounre·trans·fer·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for transference

Historical Examples of transference

  • That scrubby menagerie had not gained in dignity from its transference to canvas walls.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Step sideward, right, with transference of body weight to the right foot .

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays

    John N. Richards

  • In psychotherapy, the term "transference" is used to denote this relationship.

  • It was not in a state to accept calmly the idea of transference to Shepherd's Bush.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • Suddenly, as if by a transference of thought, she voiced what he had in mind.

British Dictionary definitions for transference



the act or an instance of transferring or the state of being transferred
psychoanal the redirection of attitudes and emotions towards a substitute, such as towards the analyst during therapy
Derived Formstransferential (ˌtrænsfəˈrɛnʃəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for transference

1680s; see transfer (v.) + -ence. In psychoanalytical sense it is recorded from 1911, translating German übertragung (Freud).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

transference in Medicine


[trăns-fûrəns, trănsfər-əns]


In psychoanalysis, the process by which emotions associated with one person, such as a parent, unconsciously shift to another, especially to the analyst.
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